‘World on Fire’ returns to PBS Masterpiece in October after 3+ year hiatus!

World on Fire S2 Jonah Hauer-King as Harry. Photo: PBS Masterpiecee

It was the year 2020 when, with 3 episodes remaining in the first series of World on Fire, welcome news came from PBS and the BBC that the then Helen Hunt-led British World War II drama had been commissioned for a second series.

Originally designed as a multi-year drama that would look at World War II through the eyes of ordinary people from all sides of the conflict, the first series followed the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain.

Unfortunately, a worldwide pandemic known as Covid-19 shut down not only production across the UK but life as we know it across the globe for the next 3 years. Needless to say, commissioned or not, the series known as World on Fire was in jeopardy.

Photo: BBC/Mammoth Screen

Although the news of the commissioning was both welcome and somewhat expected given both the audience and critical acclaim, it did come as a bit of a surprise at the time given the fact that another popular series that was also designed as a multi-year drama, Sanditon, was inexplicably cancelled after the first series setting off a worldwide fan backlash with petitions circulating to, ultimately, breathe life back into the series for not one but two more series.

And, let’s not forget the abrupt hatchet job cancellation of Home Fires, the brilliant story of the Women’s Institute members on the Home Front during the Second World War which was in possession of having a massive cliffhanger at the end of series 2.

Photo: PBS Masterpiece

From the outset, World on Fire writer Peter Bowker had always said he possessed detailed plans in his head, at least, for six series, each of which would cover a specific year of the war.

Now, 3+ years after series 1, the long-awaited series 2 is set to premiere on PBS beginning Sunday, October 15 at 9pET/8pCT and will consist of six episodes taking viewers back to October 1940, where lone pilots are tasked with destroying German bombers above the streets of Manchester.

The series will follow the war again seen through the eyes of ‘ordinary’ people from the streets of Britain into occupied France, Nazi Germany, and to the sands of the North African desert as troops struggle to adapt to a different style of combat.

First Look — World on Fire series 2, Kasia Tomaszeski (Zofia Wichlaz). Photo: BBC/Mammoth Screen, Dusan Martincek

Jonah Hauer-King will reprise the role of Harry along with Mum and Magpie Murders star Lesley Manville (Robina), Julia Brown (Lois) and Zofia Wichlacz (Kasia), all set to return alongside Blake Harrison (Stan), Parker Sawyers (Albert), Eugénie Derouand (Henriette), Eryk Biedunkiewicz (Jan) and Cel Spellman (Joe).

World on Fire S2 Julia Brown as Lois. Photo: PBS Masterpiece

Line of Duty‘s Mark Bonnar is joining the cast for the new episodes as Sir James Danemere, while Resident Evil‘s Ahad Raza Mir and Pretty Smart‘s Gregg Sulkin are taking on new roles in the period drama.

World on Fire S2 Mark Bonnar as Sir James. Photo: PBS Masterpiece

Season 2 of World on Fire returns to PBS Masterpiece beginning Sunday, October 15 at 9pET/8pCT. #WorldOnFirePBS

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